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How to Maintain Your Stormwater Drain

Stormwater drains help prevent flooding and other water-related incidents by directing water away from homes and allowing it to flow into the road and other water sources. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, like Sydney has in recent years, keeping your stormwater drain clean and unblocked is crucial to avoid any flooding.

A blocked drain and lots of rain can result in a plumbing disaster. Continue reading to find out the best stormwater drain maintenance tips from our experienced blocked drain plumbers.

How to Keep Your Stormwater Drains Clean

  • Keep an eye on the drain grates: If you notice large amounts of debris like sticks and leaves resting on the grates, remove them completely away from the stormwater drain. If you move them off the grates and to the side, the debris will only get washed back to the  drain the next time it rains.
  • Rake the leaves and tidy your garden: Regularly rake the leaves in your yard and outside your home to avoid them getting washed down the stormwater drain when it rains. Also, keep your garden neat by cutting your lawn, trimming any bushes or cutting down branches that look like they might fall. Throw any garden waste into a green bin.
  • Clean your gutters: Gutters build up lots of debris over time, especially during windy and stormy days. When it rains, the debris from these gutters travels straight to your stormwater drain, where it accumulates over time. You can apply gutter guards to prevent as many leaves and sticks from getting washed down the stormwater drain.
  • Regular hosing or jetting: Use a high-pressure hose or water jet to wash out the debris.
  • Check your pipes: Damaged pipes can lead to a drainage system that is not effective. If you suspect something is wrong with your pipes, contact a professional plumber to come and check them out.
  • Relining stormwater drain pipes: If you notice that your stormwater drain always overflows, even if it hasn’t rained much, it may be because the pipes need relining. A professional plumber can restore the pipes to their original condition.
  • Maintain any ponds or lakes: If you have a water source on your property, maintain it regularly by removing any debris from it.
  • CCTV cameras: If you’re unsure what’s causing your blocked stormwater drain, professional plumbers can use a CCTV drain camera to see exactly what’s going on so repairs can be made.
  • Drain cleaning: Clean out all your household drains by flushing them with water to ensure all your pipes and drains are kept clear.

Common Stormwater Drain Issues

  • Blocked drains: Blocked stormwater drains are the most common plumbing issue that we come across. Debris, including leaves, sticks, dirt, dust, stones and sediment, can increase over time and clog the stormwater drain and pipes.
  • Damaged pipes: Damaged pipes can cause the stormwater drain to fill up more quickly and stay filled with water. A professional plumber can diagnose the problem and repair any pipes that need fixing.
  • Buildup of dust: Dust accumulates on rooftops, which washes down the gutter and into the storm drain when it rains. Eventually, this dust becomes silt beds, which sit on the grates of the stormwater drain. This silt not only leads to blocked drains but is also a place where weeds love to grow, which is another cause of drain blockage.
  • Change in ground level: If changes have been made to the ground level surrounding your home, it can impact the water flow. If you or a neighbour are renovating or building, it’s a good idea to contact your local council and inform them so they can let you know how to maintain a good flow of water to the stormwater drain.

Important Tips to Remember

Here are some essential tips to remember to keep your drain flowing easily:

  • Dispose of leaves and garden waste properly: Do not get rid of leaves or garden waste outside of your property, as they can still get washed into the stormwater drain and cause blockages. Put them into a green bin or skip bin.
  • Use gutter guards: Gutter guards can limit the amount of debris that gets washed into a stormwater drain.
  • Removing excess cement, salt or sand: People use cement, sand and salt in driveways and construction projects. If there is excess cement, sand and salt, it can also get washed down the stormwater drain and block it.
  • Don’t spray harmful chemicals near the stormwater drain: If you spray poisonous chemicals near a stormwater drain, they can flow into other waterways and harm marine life and even humans.
  • Keep surrounding areas clean: Work with your neighbours to keep your neighbourhood clean. This not only benefits the environment but can also help you bond with your neighbours. Win-win!

Blocked drains are the most common and also the most annoying plumbing issue. But never fear! Our experienced plumbers know just how to get your drains functioning normally again.

Sydney Emergency Plumbing offers residential, commercial and industrial plumbing solutions and services to customers across Sydney. With over 35 years of plumbing experience, our friendly and reliable plumbers pride themselves on always providing high-quality services – from clearing blocked drains to installing a new water heater. We specialise in 24/7 emergency services to ensure we’re always on hand to fix plumbing emergencies.

Call us at 1300 115 429 or visit our website: to learn more.

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